New visa rules for people travelling to Turkey

People wishing to travel to Turkey will need to apply for an e-visa from April 10.

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ABU DHABI // People travelling to Turkey will no longer be able to obtain a visit visa on arrival in the country and must apply for an electronic one in advance.

Ahmed Al Dhahiri, director of consular services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the new Turkish visa system for all eligible nationalities was launched on Monday.

Until April 10 Emiratis will be able to obtain an e-visa or a sticker or stamp visa on arrival in the country as a temporary measure – but not after that.

The system will help travellers skip long queues at the Turkish borders to obtain a visa.

People wishing to visit the country must now log on to a Turkish foreign ministry website and go through three steps to get the e-visa.

After entering their details, they will have to pay the visa fees with a credit card, and then the e-visa can be downloaded.

Passports must be valid for at least six months at the application stage.

After applying, the e-visa will be emailed to the traveller within 24 hours, Mr Al Dhahiri said.

The e-visa will need to be printed and presented at the border on arrival in Turkey.

Log on to www.evisa.gov.tr for more information

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